Life on the road can make or break you. There are long periods of monotonous driving, exhausted periods of sleep and al the pitfalls that we have all seen documented in the press and history.
What these road warrior artists need is a day to ‘chill’ and here are Ms. Thien’s reflections on such a day.
May 14th 2012
Town: Pray, MT
Venue: Day Off @ Chico Hot Springs Resort
Parsing out time between a beach towel on the front lawn, the Chico Hot Springs pool, the lovely Chico Resort “Espresso and Gift Shop”, and a bottle of light French blush wine in the sunshine. You can hear the birds making music all day (click on photo below for video snippet and turn up your volume). [Gallery not found]
Not turning on a computer, not using the Internet, enjoying the beauty around me and knowing that everything, including the gorgeous snow-capped mountain in front of me will be there to tackle tomorrow. Lyrics from the newest song in our set capture this a little: “…And when you need a rest, it’s time to heal. I know how you feel. I know how you feel. So say it out loud. Just say it out loud.”
Today’s little 24-hour vacation in the mountains of Montana is one of the sweetest and most calming moments I’ve enjoyed in years. I think I’ve been moving constantly since the release of the record and, somehow, it has all led here – to this moment of reflection and some deep understanding that I am where I am supposed to be today. And the music has brought me here.
We didn’t know until about 1 a.m. yesterday we’d stay here today and tonight. We came to Pray, MT for last night’s show at the Chico Saloon (LOVE this venue!) and we are now passing through to head down the road for more gigs on the West Coast. As unexpected as this soothing day in the midst of such beauty is, I know that it was the months of preparation for this tour and the last five days of drive-gig-sleep-repeat that has made the day that much more precious. Just like the miles make the shows themselves more precious. I’ve been buying a lottery ticket in each state on our route, just for fun. (I’m up $4.) If one of those tickets hits big and all of a sudden I had tons of cash on my hands, I am sure that no amount of money could buy this feeling. Tomorrow, we’ll start the scurry again. But today we stand still. Just for a moment, I am content.
Not a single one.
==================End May 14th
to be continued . . .
You should also check out her website at: http://kirstenthien.com/
Until next time,
Love, Peace & Chicken Grease
photos: Dylan Wissing, Blues411